VR’s Place in the Digital Realm – Not a Killer: A Peripheral

It’s safe to say that the hype over VR headsets being the console/handheld/pc/anything killer has finally died. The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are still alive and kicking, with both now effectively into their second generation of hardware, but both at a place in the games industry than many would have thought simply impossible merely years ago. Let’s face the music folks, VR a peripheral. Before you scramble to pick up your pitchforks, let us be the first to tell you that we are not utilizing the term “peripheral” in a disparaging fashion. What we mean is that a […]

The Importance of Distraction in Persistent Online Games

It sounds preposterous, doesn’t it? To have distractions within the very game world that exists purely for the sole purpose of distraction. And yet, it’s true. Saving the world time and again can be tiresome business – and the worlds that don’t offer their heroes a chance to take a break and indulge in the finer things of virtual life find themselves with a populace festering with insurmountable burnout. There are many approaches to the topic of distraction in MMOs – and all work to varying degrees of efficacy. Most fascinating, however, is how the structure of the base game […]

Dota 2 – The King of Negativity 

Of all the video game genres, the MOBA – and subsequently DOTA – continues to prove to be one of the most interesting. Originating in the hallowed halls of Warcraft III’s custom game servers, the rise of Defense of the Ancients is now forever etched into the annals of MOBA history – but is it a story that has gone sour? Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games have enjoyed some of the best time in the eSports limelight for years now. DOTA 2 and League of Legends pull in the largest and hungriest crowds around, and with good reason: tuning in […]

The Continued Glory Of Planeside 2

Nearly 7 years ago, something incredible began. Then-Sony Online Entertainment released the sequel to the groundbreaking MMOFPS, Planetside. The first Planetside offered something that had never been done before: a three-way battle for dominance across massive (for the time) alien worlds with the promise of glory and dominance. Planetside 2 offers the same, but on a much, much, grander scale. However, things haven’t been smooth sailing since launch. It may sound strange, but Planetside 2 is a textbook example of just how much relentless support can improve a game. The Planetside 2 of today may look incredibly similar to those […]

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey – Exploring Our Own Origin Story

Open world survival games are now a dying trend, after flooding the market since 2015. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is an upcoming entry that offers a novel twist on the formula. One that could reignite interest in the flailing genre. Developers have dabbled with representations of our earliest ancestors in the past. The underwhelming Far Cry Primal looked an enticing concept but failed to deliver in a genre that’s relatively untapped. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey may finally have cracked that code promising an engaging primitive adventure that’s both accessible and challenging. Panache Digital Games Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey will be […]

Is The Sinking City the Lovecraft We’ve Always Wanted?

Lovecraft and gaming. The two go practically together. Even just a cursory look at how many spin-offs, honorific adaptations, and straight copies of H.P. Lovecraft’s enduring works show a proclivity for other creatives to tap into his wonderfully weird world of oddities and insanity. Unfortunately, inclusion does not mean precision – and the gaming realm is rife with instances where Lovecraftian themes have been implemented so poorly they may as well have not been included at all. Frogwares’ The Sinking City looks like it’s aiming everything in is arsenal to prove that it can rise above the rabble and do […]

Learning: The Fine Balance Between Hand-Holding and Utter Neglect

When you’re learning something new, do you refer to have someone show you all the ropes first and load yourself up to the brim on theory before jumping in? Or do you favor going at it alone – spending some quality one-on-one time with it? If you think coming to an answer on that question is difficult, take a moment and realize that there are individuals whose entire careers revolve around determining at precisely what interval they need to stop holding your hand and thrust you out into whatever wonderful virtual world you’ve gone ahead and thrown yourself into. Sometimes, […]

Are Game Passes a Feasible Business Model?

Streaming has, without a doubt, upended traditional business models across every major media industry. From music to films and TV shows, and now to games themselves, stream-based platforms are beginning to make more and more sense to consumers. But what about in the case of a game pass catalogue? While streaming videogames is still an oft-buggy experience that is highly dependent on the latency of a connection, offering players a wide pool of ready-to-download games for a fixed price has certainly gained traction – but does it have a future? The last decade has done much to upheave the conceptions […]

The New Nintendo Switch

Let’s be honest here: everyone knew that it was only a matter of time before Nintendo decided to announce that a new version of their coveted Switch was on the way. Now, with more credible rumours bubbling that Nintendo is going to release a newer model, it’s time to take a look at just what that could mean for both the publishing giant and the everyday consumer. The current model of the Nintendo Switch is almost perfect. The game library is increasingly solid, the on-the-fly swapping between TV mode and handheld mode is a feature that is unmatched by any […]

Game Theory Offers a Larger Lesson For All of YouTube

YouTube has become the next generation of media content and is rapidly overtaking traditional pop culture outlets. The younger generations are now more inclined towards Youtube than television or mainstream music. In 2015 the University of Southern California asked a cross-section of 13-18-year-olds to rank top internet celebrities against traditional celebrities based on their cultural influence. Youtuber KSI was ranked as the most influential star, followed closely by streamer PewDiePie. In fact, the top six spots were all held by internet celebrities. Proving YouTube is an important part of modern pop culture. The issue with YouTube is the lack of […]